Boy, 10, shot at gas station making strides in recovery - KCTV5

Boy, 10, shot at gas station making strides in recovery

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A 10-year-old boy shot at a gas station is making significant strides after weeks at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Ka'Vyea Tyson Curry is off a ventilator and breathing on his own after gunfire left him paralyzed. He is playing video games and eating solid foods. He is now able to talk to his family and the medical staff who are amazed by his progress.

"He's talking up a storm," his grandfather, Forest Tyson Jr., said. "He'll talk with anyone that's there."

Doctors fitted Ka'Vyea with a back brace in mid-May to steady the boy's fragile spine. Now that he's stronger he can start a physical therapy regimen designed to restore feeling and movement to his legs and arms. Tyson said Ka'Vyea occasionally can feel tingling in his feet, and is slowly regaining a full range of motion in his arms.

"He is working really, really hard," Tyson said. "I know he just wants to get up out of there. I told him, ‘If you do the work, it will come very soon.'"

K.C. Curry, 34, had driven to a gas station in the 4500 block of Cleveland Avenue to get gas and snacks for his young son and a 5 year-old boy.

Prosecutors say Dontae D. Jefferson, 27, calmly walked up to the car and fired eight bullets. K.C. Curry died from a gunshot wound to the head while his son suffered life-threatening injuries. The 5-year-old boy was not physically hurt but is undergoing counseling after seeing such traumatic events.

Prosecutors have yet to talk to Ka'Vyea but hope to do soon.

The boy sometimes has flashbacks to that horrible night in April.

His family and medical providers are working hard to keep him distracted through video games, regular visitors and even video chats with his classmates. He knows he is missing birthday parties, the last days of the school year and playing outside in the spring air.

"We haven't really gotten to the point where we're asking him about that night," Tyson said. "He has moments where he gets down. Then just his classmates coming up and visiting completely changes his whole attitude."

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